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KOSTAL Automotive Electrical Systems – Mechatronics for people!

The dimmed headlights, the rain sensor, the anti-pinch protection system for electric windows, the first automatic emergency braking function based on a mono camera: KOSTAL invented them all.

KOSTAL Automotive Electrical Systems is the largest of the four divisions of the KOSTAL Group: a company run by the fourth generation of the family that owns it and with headquarters in Lüdenscheid, in Germany’s Sauerland region. It would be hard to find a car on the road anywhere in the world that didn’t have a single KOSTAL product installed in it.

KOSTAL develops and manufactures innovative, reliable and cost-optimised products for the global automotive industry and is among the top 100 automotive suppliers in the world.
The company’s history goes back over 100 years and is visible evidence of the long-term, reliable and cooperative relationship that KOSTAL Automotive Electrical Systems enjoys with its customers, employees and everyone connected to us.

With its innovative focus in areas such as electric mobility and new operating concepts, KOSTAL is shaping the future today.

Innovation with tradition


  • Innovations
  1. 1954

    1954 Schalterleiste

    The first switch panel

    Space-saving and safe operation

  2. 1958

    Dimmed headlights

    A patent for using the indicator switch to dim the headlights

  3. 1986

    1986 Einklemmschutz

    Anti-pinch protection

    Safety for electric window systems, with over 100 million units on the market

  4. 1994

    Rain sensor

    Automatic windscreen wiping with over 20 million applications on the road

  5. 1998

    Complex steering column modules

    Integration of wiper, indicator, cruise control and gear selection switches, clock spring cartridge and steering angle sensor makes KOSTAL the market and integration leader

  6. 2004

    2004 Gangwahlschalter

    Shift-by-wire gear selection switch

    Switching using electrical impulses with a brand-defining control element in the centre console

  7. 2011

    2011 Fahrassistenzkamera

    Front-view camera for driver assistance systems

    Greater safety and comfort through opto-mechatronic innovation

  8. 2013

    2013 Innovation Duftsystem

    Fragrance systems for enhanced well-being

    A multi-sensory experience

  9. 2015

    2015 Innovation Fahrerassistenzkamera

    Driver Monitoring

    First automatic emergency brake function based on a mono camera


Familienunternehmen KOSTAL

Welcome to the family

Discover more about our family-owned company and what binds us together: the KOSTAL Group.

KOSTAL group: family
Die KOSTAL-Geschichte

The KOSTAL story

Discover over 100 years of the KOSTAL Group’s company history.

KOSTAL group: discover history